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Updated 06 June 2014

Why you should donate blood

Think about it - if no-one donated blood, thousands of people would die every day. Blood is something money can't buy and science cannot create. But you can give it to someone.

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Safe blood saves lives. Every day thousands of people would die if others did not donate their blood.

By donating blood, you are giving a patient something money cannot buy and science cannot create.

A single blood donation can equal three gifts of life, as nearly every blood donation is separated into red blood cells, plasma and platelets.

The majority of transfusions are given to:

  • Women who haemorrhage as a complication of pregnancy;
  • Children with severe anaemia;
  • Accident victims; and
  • Surgical and cancer patients.

By donating blood you make a difference.

(Information from the South African National Blood Service)

 
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